Over spring break, in a moment of inspiration, middle school teacher Cindi Rigsbee had a revelation that many of her students might be getting bored in her class and that she needed to open up and engage them on the subject. The resulting classroom conversation, on the first day back, is an instant teacher-blog classic: I opened my mouth to talk about my boredom epiphany when Christian said (across the room to Matthew), "Did you see Wrestlemania? Man, that dude was BIG!" "Christian. Matthew," I said. "I want to tell you about my idea. We're going to talk about why ...


Ms.Frizzle's school is beset by a wave of student violence and aggression. She hits on the central questions: Our kids need something that we aren’t giving them. What is it? How do we find it and give it to them?...


As teachers move away from pull-down maps and rely more and more on online resources like Google Earth, Assorted Stuff asks whose version of geography should be taught in classrooms. Assorted Stuff notes the Chinese government already has a list of 10,000 “unapproved” maps and believes that the issue will become more relevant closer to the 2008 Olympics, which will be hosted in China. Assorted Stuff urges teachers to “take some time from test prep to include our students in the discussion.”...


Hobo Teacher's school is having a paper-recycling drive. Seems like a fine idea, except that there are now "piles and piles" of paper stacked in the classrooms—which only adds to Hobo's oft-referenced fear of a grand plot against teachers (himself in particular): I know I’ve said this before, but this just confirms my suspicion that administration gets some black ops training. This has to be some sort of torture that they’re conducting. It’s like they’re trying to mess with my senses by giving me a dreadful teaching environment. I’ve got to keep an eye ...


Nancy Flanagan argues that there are disturbing parallels between the Bush administration's approach to invading Iraq and its strategy for improving schools. In both cases, she says, it "put proclamations and plans ahead of thoughtful intelligence-gathering," and now we're stuck with an unalterable "infrastructure investment" in a flawed policy....


Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach points to the interesting case of an Australian educator whose classroom blog has been disabled by a government agency—for seemingly vague reasons having to do with "risk and management issues." Nussbaum-Beach believes the incident—as well as others like it—is a challenge to all educators trying to harness the educational potential of new technologies in the schools. In short: We all need to know how to advocate for our students- and how to explain how principled changes in education need to occur if we are going to remain relevant in our student's lives. ... How would you...


Epiphany in Baltimore reports (quite casually) that his classroom has had a bucket-filling leak since Thanksgiving, and that a ceiling tile recently fell on one of his students during class. Now he's discovered that there are mushrooms growing under his book case. Lovely. How is it that we are letting kids go to school in conditions like these?...


In a "Letter to Our Next President," education scholar Gloria Ladson-Billings—author of The Dreamkeepers—advises would-be commanders in chief to reconceptualize the achievment gap as the "education debt": The debt language totally changes the relationship between students and their schooling. For instance, when we think of what we are combating as an achievement gap, we implicitly place the onus for closing that gap on the students, their families, and their individual teachers and schools. But, the notion of education debt requires us to think about how all of us, as members of a democratic society, are implicated in creating...


Eduwonkette profiles another cool teacher you should know....


A cautionary tale: Like many other teachers, literacy teacher Cindi Rigsbee figured that learning the popular "Soulja Boy" dance was a fun way of connecting with her students. Then she found out what the lyrics mean....


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